Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett explained on Monday that wide receiver Dez Bryant left the field in the final minutes of the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers because he is "an emotional guy." Bryant validated as much after the game when he told reporters, including Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News, that he went to the locker room because he didn't want to be seen on the field crying.
"I cried when I got into the locker room, and I didn't want to show that obviously on the sideline," Bryant said.
"I'm a team guy. I extremely, extremely apologize for leaving, but my teammates and coaches understand. I'm a very emotional player and we didn't finish. It had nothing to do with my teammates. We fought. I couldn't watch Green Bay kneel that ball down."
Bryant, 25, drew criticism earlier in the season for a sideline outburst that came shortly after Lions quarterback Matt Stafford scored a game-winning touchdown against the Cowboys. However, the team backed Bryant after the game, saying that his outburst was "all positive."
The fourth-year receiver had one of the best games of his career against the Packers, tallying 11 receptions for 153 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown. On the season, he has accumulated 81 receptions for 1,061 yards and 11 touchdowns.